Even with basic knowledge about how to care for one’s body, sometimes people still develop work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Understanding the principles of good alignment, good habits, variety, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular health and a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough. One must also adjust the work environment to meet individual needs. The human body is very adaptive, and tries to accommodate itself to all situations. Poorly designed work spaces may lead to unhealthy postural adaptations. Often people try to fit themselves into the environment. The key is making the work environment fit you! Sometimes this requires only very small adjustments, such as raising or lowering the height of a seat or the distance of a computer monitor. In other instances, more significant changes may need to be made. Click here for basic guidelines when setting up a computer workstation.
Physical Therapy And Ergonomics
With the information presented here you may be on your way to making some healthy adjustments to your daily routine, your environment, or your choice of activities. You also may have some questions about what your next step should be, and how you can apply this information to your specific needs. Is there something about your workstation setup that could be contributing to your neck pain? Could the limited flexibility in your legs have any impact on your back pain? In looking for answers to questions like these, a physical therapist may be of help to you. Physical therapists can help you understand how to achieve optimal ergonomics to meet your unique and individual needs.
Physical therapists are experts at evaluating musculoskeletal factors that contribute to dysfunction. They can identify physical impairments, such as flexibility, mobility and strength deficits, and utilize a variety of modalities to help you address them. Physical therapists understand the specific demands placed upon the body by an array of different activities. They understand how the specific activity you engage in and the unique individualities of your physical composition interact to create biomechanical stresses that further perpetuate pain and dysfunction. Whether you goal is to reduce pain, prevent injury, maintain fitness, or return to work or athletics, at The Spine Center, you can work with your therapist to design and implement an individualized treatment program that addresses your needs.
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